Polish Films in European Cinemas during Autumn 2015
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Polish films are becoming more and more popular in Europe. In autumn 2015, another four Polish pictures are being distributed abroad.
A great run for Polish cinematography is being reflected not only in verdicts made by juries at international film festivals, but also in local cinemas. Sometimes our neighbours even get the chance to watch these films before their premieres in Poland.
Summer Solstice at cinemas in Germany
One of the Polish films being presented abroad is Summer Solstice by Michał Rogalski, having entered German cinemas on 22nd October. The German title is Unser Letzter Sommer and is distributed by Farbfilm Verleih from Berlin.
Summer Solstice by Michał Rogalski was one of the most pleasant surprises of the 40th Gdynia Film Festival. It’s a war drama telling the story of two young men whose paths cross in summer 1943. One is a Pole called Romek, a trainee railwayman with a lonely mother, and the other is Guido, a German soldier trying not to fail in front of his supervisors despite fulfilling their orders without much enthusiasm. The events that occur in summer 1943 will change their lives completely.
The film had its premiere at the 39th World Film Festival in Montreal and was lauded as one of the most well-written Polish films of recent years. So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Rogalski received the award for Best Script at Montreal. At the 40th Gdynia Film Festival, Summer Solstice received the award for Best Cinematography as carried out by Jerzy Zieliński and Best Supporting Actress went to the great performance by Maria Semotiuk. The film will be in Polish cinemas in spring 2016.
Magic Mountain in Romania
Summer Solstice is not the only film with a premiere abroad much earlier than Poland. Since 9th October 2015, the animated documentary Magic Mountain by Anca Damian has been showing in cinemas in Romania. The picture will be also distributed from 23rd December in France.
Magic Mountain by Anca Damian tells the story of Adama Jacka Winklera, a Pole who left Poland in 1965 and moved to Paris and joined Ahmad Szah Massud’s army in the war between the USSR and Afghanistan in a fight against communism.
Magic Mountain is a Polish-French-Romanian co-production, linking animation technique with documentary narration. It is produced by Aparte Films and co-produced by Filmograf, SMF, Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe, Krakow Film Commission and Arizona Productions. The film received financial support from the Polish Film Institute, Polish TV, KFF, CNC France, CNC Romania and HBO Romania. The film received the jury's special mention at the 50th International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary and a special mention at the International Animation Festival in Ottawa.
What other Polish films will be available in cinemas abroad?
Life Feels Good and Body also in European cinemas
From 9th October onwards, Life Feels Good directed by Maciej Pieprzyca has been shown to audiences in Spanish cinemas. The film is one of the biggest hit exports in recent years. In 2013, it conquered the hearts of both audience and jury at the World Film Festival in Montreal, then in Gdynia it received the Silver Lion and the Audience Award. Its story about handicapped Mateusz and his never-ending fight for dignity has already been screened in Japan, Hungary and Italy.
Fans of Polish cinematography in Italy will also get the chance to see a Polish hit. Body by Małgorzata Szumowska will be in cinemas starting on 5th November 2015. The film is distributed by Cine Club Internazionale. Szumowska's black comedy, where the author enters in an ironic dialogue with Kieślowski's films, is undoubtedly the best Polish film of the past few months. In September, Body won the main award in Gdynia, a few months earlier it was bestowed the Silver Bear at Berlinare, and has also received several awards and special mentions at other festivals around the world.
life feels good
Source: PISF, edited by BS, translated by ND, 27 Oct 2015